Anton Ferdinand says Sunderland's 2-1 derby victory over Newcastle United in 2008 was his most memorable game in a Sunderland shirt.

Kieran Richardson's sublime free-kick secured a first derby victory for the Black Cats in eight years as Roy Keane's side picked up three points in a memorable Stadium of Light game. It was also Sunderland's first ever win over their Tyneside rivals at their Wearside ground, which had opened 11 years prior.

Ferdinand played the full 90 minutes in the game and says everything about it, from the build-up to the day itself, made it the most memorable of his 95 games for the club.

Speaking in the match day programme, Ferdinand said: "In terms of the actual game, to be part of the first team to beat Newcastle at the Stadium of Light, that is something I tell my kids now and they love it. It is something that has meant a lot to me.

"That week leading up to the derby, I knew we were going to win it.

"It was 1-1 of course and then Kieran Richardson stepped up with that free-kick and we took the three points.

"I just knew we were going to win it. It was an unbelievable experience to watch the roof come off this place, and was the biggest highlight of my Sunderland career."

In a long career that included spells at QPR and West Ham, Ferdinand experienced his fair share of derby games.

But he says the Wear-Tyne derby has to be one of the biggest, and certainly most intense.

"I wasn't surprised how big the game was," he said. "When I signed here that is all everyone wanted to talk about.

"Fans would stop me in the street and tell me that we had to beat Newcastle, so I knew how important it was.

"I have played in derbies in London, so I had an idea of what it was like playing against your rivals, but this one was by far the most intense and biggest."